Monday, August 31, 2009

Strange Brew

In an attempt to cure the mysteriously persistent stomach problems, I have accepted to trial a most bizarre herbal concoction from my dearest mother. In preparation we needed to ascertain a few dark glass bottles but having none, chose to improvise them with a few black sharpie markers and duct tape. No, I have not lost my marbles, I've simply misplaced my trust in western medicine for a time :)

After stewing the herbs and other ingredients for a good 12 hours it was finally ready to serve. In all honesty it wasn't as bad as I thought, nothing at all like mom's hot tati recipe of death. So here's a toast to vitality and may you live to a hundred years!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Just Eat It.

Flabbergast: to overcome with surprise and bewilderment; astound. This best describes my reaction when I found out Dad would be cooking for Grandpa during his trips to SoCal. I mean no insult when I say, this is the man whose idea of cooking revolves around bread and its conversion into toast.

Despite the bad wrap, I am thankful for my father's long-standing commitment to "just eat it." Truth be known, one of my biggest peeves is a picky eater. Perhaps if a 'no picky eating' lifestyle were adopted, there would be world peace. Hear me out; increased consumption of fruits, vegetables and fiber will lead to a grand exodus of gastrointestinal fumes, relieving stress and improving consistency. This boost in mental health will certainly help people better cope with one another and thus lay the ground work for global harmony. No picky eaters in my house I say. Choose you this day what you shall eat.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Manly Skills

As part of my daily googling, I learned that "wrestling is one of Mongolia’s age-old 'Three Manly Skills' (along with horsemanship and archery)." Thankfully I am not deplete of the essence of manliness. But had I been reared in the steppes of Asia I would have become a great proficient. I can picture myself in jodag (a tight, collarless, heavy-duty short-sleeved jacket) and gutal (leather boots) creating no small stir among Mongolian women.

Other skills I believe are worthy of "manliness" are:

Yak Riding and